The Public Safety Report is compiled from criminal complaints filed in state and federal courts, as well as some police blotter information, trooper dispatches, fire department reports and interviews with public safety officials. Individuals named as arrested and/or charged with crimes in this report are presumed innocent until proved guilty in a court of law.

Assault

• Darius Jacole Williams, 23, of Healy, was charged with fourth-degree assault Jan. 1 for allegedly punching his girlfriend on the back and arm.

• Robert Pierre Stevens, 44, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony second- and third-degree assault Jan. 1. According to charging documents, Stevens punched a woman multiple times and strangled her at her home in Venetie. The woman had a split lip, a broken nose and bruises around both of her eyes. 

• Michael Wayne Mayo, 46, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault Jan. 5 for allegedly hitting his wife in the face.

• Elizabeth Alexandria Francis, 33, of North Pole, was charged with felony third-degree assault Jan. 5 for allegedly appearing at her estranged husband’s house and slapping him in the face. The assault would normally be classified as a misdemeanor but was increased to a felony after a records check showed Francis had two assault convictions within the past 10 years, according to charging documents. 

• Lisa Ranee Bush-Itta, 41, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault Jan. 6 for allegedly punching her husband multiple times during an argument. 

• Nicole Patricia Iacono, 31, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault Jan. 7 for allegedly punching her ex-girlfriend during an argument. According to charging documents, a records check showed Iacono had an outstanding felony warrant for a first-degree burglary charge and a $500 warrant for an assault charge.   

Multiple charges

• Phillip Kasayulie Peter Jr., 37, of Fairbanks, was charged with driving under the influence, fourth-degree assault and three counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child Jan. 1. According to charging documents, Peter pulled his wife’s hair and slapped her at their home after drinking multiple shots of vodka at a bar. Peter told responding Alaska State Troopers that he drove to his father’s house to pick up his three children after leaving the bar. Peter failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.135.

• Kayle Ladd Watson, 41, of North Pole, was charged with two counts of first-degree evidence tampering, four counts of first-degree unlawful contact, one count of second-degree unlawful contact and four counts of violating conditions of release Jan. 2. According to charging documents, Watson called his girlfriend 27 times from Fairbanks Correctional Center after being ordered not to contact the woman. Watson had been arrested Dec. 29 and charged with kidnapping, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, first-degree burglary, fifth-degree criminal mischief and interfering with a domestic violence report involving the same woman. In the calls from FCC, Watson repeatedly asked her not to testify at a grand jury hearing about his case. Watson also used an alias when making some of the calls, according to the charges. 

• Keif Allen Hering, 45, of North Pole, was charged with felony failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer, driving under the influence, reckless driving and driving with a revoked license Jan. 2. According to charging documents, Alaska State Troopers tried to stop Hering for driving without taillights on Repp Road. Hering fled from troopers, drove down the center of the road and almost collided with an oncoming vehicle. Hering eventually drove onto an ATV trail, lost control and collided with a tree. Hering said he couldn’t perform field sobriety tests because he was injured in the crash. A records check showed Hering had been convicted of felony DUI in 2010 and 2019 and his license is revoked until June 22, 2097.

Vehicle theft

Joseph D. Gray, 30 of Fairbanks, was charged with felony first-degree vehicle theft Jan. 7, after Alaska State Troopers stopped him for driving with a broken taillight and without front and rear bumpers or a license plate. A check of the pickup truck’s vehicle identification number showed it had been reported stolen, according to charging documents. Gray told troopers he purchased the truck from a man at a gas station, and didn’t bother to register it or get a new title because he lives far out of town and doesn’t have a valid driver’s license, according to charging documents. 

Dorothy Chomicz